7 Ways To Be More Consistent With Your Health
How many times have you gone to the gym, felt totally proud of yourself for working out, and then avoided going back for a good month? Um yeah, consistency can be a huge struggle when it comes to being healthy. We all know it’s important to eat well and exercise frequently, but it’s also a brutal battle to keep up the good habits when you also have a million other responsibilities.
Let’s just pause for a second to think about the things that keep us from making time for our health: Maybe you have a good streak and then something pops up and throws you off the bandwagon. Or you’re totally confused about the route you should take because you keep getting conflicting information about the word healthy.
Or, let’s be real, you can barely seem to make time for it in the first place.
Ultimately what it comes down to is making your health a priority.
You have to make a conscious decision to have it be part of your daily life. There are, of course, a multitude of reasons for making your health a priority, such as boosting your energy levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and fighting off disease – you just need to remember why it’s important to you.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start prioritizing your health on a daily basis! Easily done, right? Ha! It’s never that simple. Luckily I have a few tips up my sleeve that can help when you think you’re too busy for your well-being!
7 Ways To Make Time for Your Health
1. Make It A Priority & Plan For It
Fitting in exercise and eating your veggies isn’t something that becomes easy overnight – you have to make a plan and stick to it before it becomes a regular habit. One of the best things you can do at the weekend is set aside some time to find healthy recipes for the week and add workouts to your calendar.
Food: Do some Pinterest browsing, make yourself a grocery list, and get all the ingredients stocked up in your pantry. Not sure where to look for recipes? I have a whole Pinterest board for that! You can prepare your meals ahead of time, or if that’s too much time for you, cut up your veggies and store them in tupperware as soon as you get home from the grocery store.
Fitness: The same thing goes for workouts. You need to add them to your calendar and treat them like important meetings. Depending on how often you plan to exercise, a good rule of thumb is to never miss more than two workouts in a row. If you tell yourself that, you’ll be more likely to just do it when you don’t feel like it.
Ready-made workout plans:
2. Make It Fun
People don’t typically enjoy doing things that are boring, so if your workouts and food aren’t fun, you gotta find a way to make it so! If you need a motivational partner, team up with a (non-flakey) friend or co-worker and constantly check up on each other. If you hate running, do one of these cardio workouts instead!
Think about which activities you enjoyed as a kid (maybe team sports or dancing) and give those a go! And if you’re a sucker for pizza and mozzarella sticks, there are so many healthier recipes out there for your favorite meals.
3. Stick To The Basics
Don’t try to overcomplicate the healthy living thing. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, and it’s understandably easy to get caught up in the latest diet and fitness crazes. While it’s important to switch things up, it’s important to stick to what you know if you’re trying to get consistent with your health.
If you’ve found a healthy recipe that you like, keep making it! Make it until you literally can’t stand it anymore. Also, don’t try to incorporate running, yoga, pilates, lifting, and kickboxing into your workout plan if you know it’s just going to overwhelm you. Stick to what you enjoy and keep at it.
Not sure what the basics even are? Here are 5 basic rules that make healthy living easier!
4. Make Most Of Your Own Meals
You’ve heard it before, you’ll hear it again. Making your own meals is the easiest way to stay healthy and save money! I typically make all of my lunches and dinners at home, and eat about 2-3 of my meals at a restaurant. Even if you think you can’t cook, just making something as simple as veggie pasta or chili in the crockpot is a massive step in the right direction.
5. Make It Obvious
The easiest way to remind yourself that you want to make your health a priority is to go out of your way to make it obvious. Print off a huge sign with your goals on it, use checklists to get the satisfaction of checking something off your list, write your meal and workout plans in your calendar, and lay your workout clothes out in the most obvious place so you can’t avoid them.
I also wrote a whole post about how to motivate yourself to workout if you’re just not feeling it!
6. Track It
If you want to feel totally accomplished and impressed with yourself (or realize you need a kick in the butt), start keeping a health journal. If you start tracking what you eat, which exercises you did, and how much water you’re drinking, you get a much better picture of how much progress you’re making. It’s also slightly addicting to write this stuff down once you get going, and keeping it as a regular habit means you’ll always have your health goals in mind.
7. Focus On One Thing
You know you need to exercise more and eat better. You know what’s overwhelming? Trying to do both things at once when you’re just getting started or you’ve fallen off the bandwagon. It’s so much easier to start with one area of your health and trying to improve that, rather than trying to fix everything at once. I know that can be really difficult, especially if you’re an impatient person like I am, but once you’ve focused on improving one area of your health, the rest usually tends to fall into place.
And as a final tip, don’t worry if you get off track. Everyone does at some point. Although it may feel like you’ve reversed all of your hard work, the important thing is that you don’t blame anyone or anything for it and you just get right back into it.
How do you stay consistent with your health and make it a priority?
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